It is considered important to take care of our accounts and an extra layer of protection, but above all else, trustworthiness never hurts. For this reason, we want to show you how to use the built-in password authenticator of iOS 15 on iPhone and iPad. It is very easy to set up and we can make sure we keep our accounts safe.
The important thing about having a two-factor authentication in any application or website, is that: if someone knew our password; neither can you enter without the verification code that is generated on our device. Therefore, it is a very important and necessary security layer in various applications or websites that use sensitive and private information.
How the new iOS 15 password authenticator works
Due to excellent integration with the operating system; Apple’s password authenticator works great and fluently unlike the alternatives. It gives us the ability to configure a verification code that is necessary for login security. This is an additional method where using the configuration key or scanning a QR code we will have our account more secure.
After the application configuration is complete, the authenticator takes care of generating an automatic six-digit code every 30 seconds. In this way we can use it to authenticate the password .
What we can do with the code is to copy and paste it manually; We can also let Apple fill it in automatically when we log into an application or website. Basically it is a process that feels much more intuitive, safe and above all it helps us save time.
Apple managed to eliminate that need to be changing applications to obtain the 2FA code on the devices. It is highly recommended to configure it for all the applications that we are going to use, since there are no problems of any kind. In fact, it will generate an additional layer of security and quite “resistant” to hacks to be able to protect our data and private information.
How to configure the built-in password authenticator on iPhone and iPad
The first thing we are going to have to do is configure the verification code for the application or website that we want to protect with two-factor authentication. In order to achieve this, we will have to follow the guide that we leave you below:
The first thing we will do is go to the Configuration part of our iPhone.
Once we are here, we will have to go down until we find the “Passwords” option.
Now we will have to authenticate using Face ID or Touch ID, even entering the device password.
Next, we are going to see a list of all the sites and applications where we have saved the passwords in iCloud. We will have to make sure that the website for which we want to configure the verification code is in this list.
In case a website or application is not on the list; what we will have to do is press on the “+” sign that is in the upper right corner of the screen. Next, we are going to have to add the website address, username and password. When we have everything ready, we simply click on “Done” in the upper right corner.
Once we know in which application or website we want to use the integrated password authenticator, we will have to press on it. At the bottom of this new page we will find an option that says “Configure verification code”.
Now we are going to see two ways to configure the verification code:
- Enter the configuration key. When the website supports the use of a verification code, we will have to go to the web to obtain the configuration key.
- Scan QR code. If the website promotes a QR code, we can press and hold the QR code and configure the verification code to do it automatically.
In order to understand a little more, we will see a practical example below.
Set up verification code for Facebook on iPhone and iPad
Because Facebook accepts Apple’s password authenticator in iOS 15 , let’s use it as an example to make it easier to understand how to use the built-in authenticator in iOS 15.
The first thing we should do is open the Facebook application and we are going to press the menu button; which would be the icon that has three horizontal lines at the bottom of the screen. Once we are here we will have to navigate through Settings and privacy> Settings> Security and login.
Next, we are going to have to click on “Use two-factor authentication”. We will have to make sure that the “Application Authentication” option is checked. After this we will have to press the blue button that says “Continue”.
Now we are going to see three options that we have available to choose how we configure the 2FA verification code .
- Configure on the same device. We are going to choose this option to configure the verification code in Facebook using the password authenticator that is integrated in iPhone and iPad.
- Scan QR code. In case we had opened Facebook from a web browser, we must press and hold the QR code and choose the option “Open in Settings”.
- Copy the code. The last option allows us to copy the unique code to enter it in the configuration of our mobile.
What method should we choose? Actually, it is indifferent, any of the methods is easy, fast and reliable. In our case, to continue with this guide we are going to choose the key.
So now we will have to go to Configuration> Passwords> Facebook> Configuration verification code> Enter the configuration key.
After this we are going to have to paste the key that we copied previously and we are going to click “OK” to confirm. The built-in authenticator in iOS 15 will then automatically generate a 6-digit verification code. What we can do is copy and paste this code to authenticate the login or even the iPhone itself can autocomplete it.
Something that we must bear in mind is that the verification code is only valid for 30 seconds.
Now the only thing we are going to have to do is simply copy the verification code and paste it into Facebook in order to authenticate the login . That would be all we have to do to have the built-in password authenticator of iOS 15 on iPhone and iPad.
How to remove the password authenticator for an app in iOS 15
We can’t deny that iOS 15’s built-in password authenticator is really useful. But it may happen that perhaps for some site or application you do not think it is so important or you simply will not use it anymore and you want to eliminate the configuration of the verification code. For this we will have to do the following.
First we will have to go to Settings> Passwords. After the verification of Face ID or Touch ID we will have to press on the application for which we want to eliminate the verification in two steps .
Next, we are going to have to press on the button that is in the upper right corner of the screen and that says “Edit”.
Now we will click on the button with the sign “-” (Minus) that is just below the “Verification code” section to be able to view the “Delete” button.
Then we click on the “Delete” button and a pop-up message will appear that will say “Delete the verification code”.
After clicking on “Delete the verification code” we will no longer have this extension configured with the integrated password authenticator of iOS 15.